Nostalgia for a quid: Brtis can keep red phone booths...for a small fee
But after the uproar the announcement caused, the company grudgingly agreed to let villages and townships keep their beloved red boxes by "adopting" them for about £1 (about $1.80). Of course, that was for the box. Not a working phone inside.
A working phone costs extra -- an annual fee of £500 (about $900).
The £1 price to keep a dead phone box is generous, considering there are a couple on sale on eBay right now for about $4,000 each. But I don't buy BT's story that pay phones are a grim business in the cell phone era. The company is charging towns £500 to keep the phones working. That's far more than the £300 on average it's getting from phones under a new advertising deal.
Several models of the iconic red phone box have been produced since the first concrete box was manufactured in 1920. Architect Giles Gilbert Scott won a design contest with his domed top model, which was produced in cast iron in 1926.
Since then the red booths have become a symbol of Britain. Brits have installed them in old age homes in hopes they will help dementia victims remember more. BT has been on a slow eradication campaign for years, with many towns fighting to preseve their boxes. Seems to me there's room for both nostalgia and growth.